‘Hindi ka namin iiwan’: Kathryn Bernardo pens note to ABS-CBN after House vote

'Kami naman ngayon, hayaan mong kami ang magbigay ng liwanag sa 'yo sa panahong pinaka-kailangan mo kami,' says Kathryn

LOYALTY. Kathryn Bernardo declares her support for ABS-CBN and says it was their time to fight for the network. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Kathryn Bernardo reiterated on Saturday, July 11, that there was no abadoning her home network ABS-CBN, even after a House committee voted against granting the media giant a new franchise. (READ: ABS-CBN stars heartbroken after House committee rejects network’s franchise)

In an Instagram post, Kathryn wrote: “Ang dami mong pinagdaanan nitong mga nakaraang buwan. Ang daming sumubok sa ‘yo— nangmaliit at kumutya. Pero hindi ka sumuko. Nandito ka pa rin, patuloy na nagbibigay ng pag-asa sa aming lahat.” 

(You’ve been through a lot these past months. So many things tested you. You were criticized non-stop. But you didn’t give up. You’re still here, giving hope to so many people.)

“Kami naman ngayon, hayaan mong kami ang magbigay ng liwanag sa ‘yo sa panahong pinaka-kailangan mo kami. Hindi pa dito nagtatapos ang lahat. Hindi ka namin iiwan hanggang sa makabangon ka muli. Magpakatatag ka. Kakayanin natin ‘to nang magkakasama. Mahal kita, ABS-CBN. Tandaan mo ‘yan.”

(Now it’s our turn. Allow us to give you the light when you need it the most. This does not end here. We will not leave you until you return. Be strong. We will get through this together. I love you, ABS-CBN. Remember that.)


Kathryn was among those who joined a caraven on Friday, July 10, calling on legislators to renew the franchise.  

A total of 70 members of the House of Representatives – a mix of legislative franchises committee and ranking officials — voted in favor of a resolutio that rejected ABS-CBN’s appeal for a new franchise. Only 11 voted against it, two inhibited, while one abstained.  

In the Philippine, broadcast media – such as TV and radio – must secure a legislative franchise. ABS-CBN’s loss of its franchise endangers the jobs of its 11,000 workers across all platforms and departments. The network is the country’s biggest. – Rappler.com